Creative Approach to Painting Workshop ~ Resources

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Welcome!  I am so excited you are joining me on this creative journey of exploration, creative freedom, and restoring the joy into your art making!

This Creative Approach to Painting Resource webpage is designed to be your inspirational “hub” for your creative journey with all of the information you need to make the most of the workshop and the resources available to you as you apply the principles to your own creative practice.

This “Creative Approach to Painting” consists of more than just mixed media techniques, but also the critical aspects of mindset and intentionality in pursuing our creative ideas, visions, and dreams.

I developed and refined my Creative Approach to Painting Framework out of decades of making art and seeking the expression of my individuality as an artistic voice and visual language that resonated with my own conscience and with others.  The toolbox of techniques and methods and rules all played their part…  But ONLY when I discovered how to approach the creative process with freedom, curiosity, and courage, did I find satisfaction and joy in the making.

On this web page you will find resources to support and encourage you in the key concepts we covered for you to adapt to your creative process.  You will have access to the down-loadables from the workshop including inspirations, worksheets, templates, and cheat-sheets to assist you in adapting this framework for your maximum benefit.




“You Can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”

— Maya Angelou





Files for Downloading & Printing!


Breaking out of old mindsets and approaches is challenging!  So it is especially important to make sure you have all of the materials and aids needed to help you navigate along the way!  You can download these files and print them out for reference as a bonus gift for my workshop participants!


Acrylic Layers Layer Variations

Creative Approach to Painting Workshop Handout


Attitude Checklist

Acrylic Layers Layer Variations

Collage Paper “Printables”

In case you don’t have a stash of collage papers, I am capturing some interesting designs for you to print out and use.


Creative Inner Dialogue and Perspective Aids

Declaring Intentions Handout

Acrylic Layers Layer Variations

Artwork Assessment Handout


Create Your Own Stamps Tutorial


Sources & Suppliers


In case you are interested in what Mixed Media supplies I use and where I get it, I’ve included this resource section for you with links to most items! 

CLICK HERE to download the .pdf version!



To get started with mixed media you do not need a ton of supplies.   In addition, the flexibility you have in adapting even a minimal set of supplies to your mixed media applications is endless.  The supplies listed below is a sampling of what I have in my “tool-box” for mixed media applications.  Start out using what you have on hand and add as budget, desire, and imagination lead you!

I have embedded links in this version of the supply list for many of the items to the site for your convenience.   I also use,, and  I’ve also found additional collage papers at


(NOTE – Using the best quality supplies you can afford and using acid free supports is always optimal, but you can use what you have on hand to get started.)

  • “Failed” or “Stuck” Pieces of Art
    • Water media or dry media (non-oil based) piece of art you have “moved on from” and were going to throw away!
    • In lieu of “duds” create an underpainting with random colors and or marks
    • Use as underpainting or collage material


    • Gessoed Panels – are nice to work with using mixed media techniques.  This link is to the 1/8″ thick ones which do need to be framed.  You can get a variety of sizes.
    • Gessoed Raised/Cradled Panels – 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ cradles.  Can paint the edges and hang as is or frame in floater frames.
    • Birch Panels
    • Acrylic Sheets


  • Acrylic Paint (I use both heavy body and fluids)
    • If you already use acrylics, you should be all set, use what you have.
    • A variety of colors and opacities (transparent, translucent, opaque) will serve you well.
    • Do see the last page of this supply list for a list of colors I use as you may want to add a few to your palette. Having a few “accent” colors (brights, metallics) in addition to your normal colors can be particularly fun with mixed media techniques.
  • Art Media
    • Acrylic Medium:  Gloss & Matte Medium
    • Acrylic Gel
    • Collage Materials (printed material, rice papers, origami sheets…)
    • “Embed-ables” – small beads, glitter


  •  General/Miscellaneous:
    • 2 water containers (I like to have one to clean and another to dampen brushes for paint application)
    • Paper towels
    • Apron – gel can get everywhere!  I use mine to clean my palette knife on…LOL!





“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

– Edward Hopper



Other Ways to Work With Me…


Did you enjoy the Creative Approach to Painting Workshop?  I would love to continue supporting and encouraging you in your creative adventures!  Here a some additional ways to keep the flow of joyful encouragement, support, and insights coming!

  • DO IT AGAIN!  You are always welcome to attend another session of the Creative Approach to Painting Full day Workshop to help strengthen your creative  “joy following” muscles!  Let me know you would like to and I’ll be sure to let you know when the next session is happening and how to register!


  • There are also Creative Approach to Painting ~ Play, Experiment, & Practice (PEP) 1/2 day sessions available to continue and build on what you started in the full day workshop in that same encouraging and supportive environment to reinforce this new pattern of following the JOY!  The next two 1/2 day PEP sessions are scheduled at Libertytown Arts Workshop for Saturday May 13, 1-4pm and Saturday June 17, 1-4pm.


  • I also offer tailored 1:1 Creativity Sessions to support you in your creative journey.  This could take several forms depending on what you desire to do next!  Simply contact me with what your interests are and we can determine the most beneficial way forward be it a Private lesson, a Critique of work in progress, a Guided Play Session, or a Next Steps Pep Talk!


  • Other opportunities will be announced via my newsletter, so stay subscribed for the latest updates and opportunities!






“He who works with his hands is a laborer,

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”


– Saint Francis of Assisi


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